Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945–1980

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About the Book

Millions of Americans know and love Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Blondie and Dagwood, Doonesbury, Li’l Abner, Garfield, Cathy, Beetle Bailey and other such comic strip characters. Thanks to the cartoonists—the people who have brought and still bring these and other characters to life day after day in the newspapers—the characters have become an entertaining and important part of American culture.
Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Chic Young (Blondie), Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury), Al Capp (Li’l Abner), Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Rudolph Dirks (The Katzenjammer Kids), Alex Raymond (Rip Kirby), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Frank King (Gasoline Alley), Cliff Sterrett (Polly and Her Pals), and other cartoonists whose comic strips appeared in American newspapers between 1945 to 1980 are featured in this work. The author provides a biographical sketch of each cartoonist, with special attention given to the cartoonist’s career and characters.

About the Author(s)

The late Moira Davison Reynolds, a retired biochemist, wrote about women who made significant contributions to United States culture, including several books about activists, artists, authors and scientists. She lived in Marquette, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Moira Davison Reynolds
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 202
Bibliographic Info: photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1551-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8150-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     1

Introduction     3

The Cartoonists     7

Afterthoughts     183

Bibliography     187

Index     191

Book Reviews & Awards

“discusses how they started, their personal lives, and details about their most famous comic strips…personal aspects of the chapters are very interesting…the book reads well…fascinating minutia about each artist”—Classic Images.